You might remember Richard Blumenthal from other PSN related stories such as US Senator Demands Answers From Sony Over PlayStation Network Data Breach, but now it seems as though he's changed his tack - not only has Sony responded well to the PSN Outage, but “Sony’s response to preventing similar attacks in the future could serve as a model for other companies".
“I welcome Sony’s strong first step toward protecting millions of consumers whose personal and financial information has been compromised,” said Blumenthal. “While I continue to believe that Sony should have warned users earlier, I am pleased they are providing protective measures including an insurance policy to cover identity theft harms to consumers within a twelve-month window – but I would hope Sony would extend coverage over a longer time on a case-by-case basis if necessary.”
“Sony’s response to preventing similar attacks in the future could serve as a model for other companies facing similar criminal hacking,” Blumenthal continued. “The crime perpetrated on Sony and PlayStation Network users is part of a larger troubling trend of cybercrime, and a reminder that our laws and data security resources must keep pace with advancing technology. I look forward to working with Sony and others in the future to determine the best way forward, and continue to urge the Justice Department to pursue the criminals who attacked Sony’s information system.”
What are your views? To be perfectly honest I think it's difficult to judge Sony's response to the situation given our lack of reliable information on who did it and, more importantly, how they did it. I do, however commend Sony's honesty about the situation after it became clear that our information was compromised.